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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2009.9.1 | Award Amount: 954.50K | Year: 2010

The SEALING project, targeting the objective 9.1a of the FP7 ICT work programme, aims at supporting the development of Information Society policy dialogues and the strengthening of cooperation on ICT research with the ASEAN region in general (a region of strategic importance for the EU), and with Singapore in particular (a country with which a MoU on ICT has been signed).\n\nIt builds on the results achieved and the experience gained through the FP7 SEACOOP project, which has already supported, over the period 2007-2009, the development of S&T cooperation in ICT between the two regions.\n\nOn the Southeast Asian side, the SEALING partnership includes the organisation managing ICT research in each of the ten ASEAN countries and is formally supported by the ASEAN Secretariat.\n\nOn the European side, the project involves, through a Project Advisory Committee, over 20 leading companies, research institutes and academia. The project is also supported by the main European Technology Platforms and Joint Technology Initiatives in the ICT area, and by key European initiatives in Southeast Asia, namely the EU-SEA-NET INCO-Net project and the TEIN3 initiative.\n\nThe SEALING project will develop its activities over a 2-year period:\n Organization of at least 6 cooperation events in Europe and in Southeast Asia to be synchronised with policy dialogue meetings,\n Identification and analysis of ICT policy and research priorities, at bilateral and regional levels, and provision of recommendations for future cooperation initiatives,\n Development of synergies with dialogues and activities launched under EU-funded programmes (EU-SEA-NET, TEIN3, Marie Curie, etc.), at the initiative of EU Member States and Associated States, and at the ASEAN level (SCMIT),\n Development of promotion, dissemination and awareness-raising activities.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EINFRA-1-2014 | Award Amount: 8.65M | Year: 2015

Over the last decade, the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has built a distributed computing and data infrastructure to support over 21,000 researchers from many disciplines with unprecedented data analysis capabilities. EGI builds on the European and national investments and relies on the expertise of EGI.eu - a not-for-profit foundation that provides coordination to the EGI Community, including user groups, EGI.eu participants in the EGI Council, and the other collaborating partners. The mission of EGI-Engage is to accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons vision, where researchers from all disciplines have easy and open access to the innovative digital services, data, knowledge and expertise they need for their work. The Open Science Commons is grounded on three pillars: the e-Infrastructure Commons, an ecosystem of key services; the Open Data Commons, where any researcher can access, use and reuse data; and the Knowledge Commons, in which communities have shared ownership of knowledge and participate in the co-development of software and are technically supported to exploit state-of-the-art digital services. EGI-Engage will expand the capabilities offered to scientists (e.g. improved cloud or data services) and the spectrum of its user base by engaging with large Research Infrastructures (RIs), the long-tail of science and industry/SMEs. The main engagement instrument will be a network of eight Competence Centres, where National Grid Initiatives (NGIs), user communities, technology and service providers will join forces to collect requirements, integrate community-specific applications into state-of-the-art services, foster interoperability across e-Infrastructures, and evolve services through a user-centric development model. The project will also coordinate the NGI efforts to support the long-tail of science by developing ad hoc access policies and by providing services and resources that will lower barriers and learning curves.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2007-3.3;INFRA-2007-3.0-03 | Award Amount: 1.45M | Year: 2008

The EUAsiaGrid proposal contributes to the aims of the EU Research Infrastructures FP7 Programme by promoting international interoperation between similar infrastructures with the aim of reinforcing the global relevance and impact of European e-Infrastructures. The projects main goal will be to pave the way towards an Asian e-Science Grid Infrastructure, in synergy with the other European Grid initiatives in Asia, namely EGEE-III via its Asia Federation, and both the EUChinaGRID and EU-IndiaGRID projects and their eventual follow on efforts. Taking advantage of the existing global Grid technologies, with the specific emphasis on the European experience with the gLite middleware and applications running on top of it, the project plans to encourage federating approaches across scientific disciplines and communities. EUAsiaGrid will act as a support action, aiming to define and implement a policy to promote the gLite middleware developed within the EU EGEE project across Asian countries. Its main actions will be to spread dissemination, provide training, support scientific applications and monitor the results.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2007.9.1 | Award Amount: 839.91K | Year: 2007

The SEACOOP project addresses the development of SandT cooperation on ICT with Southeast Asia, a region of strategic interest for the European Union. Its two main objectives are to identify, promote, and support strategic cooperation opportunities, and to support bilateral and multilateral dialogues. The project also aims at developing awareness on SandT cooperation on ICT under FP7 in Southeast Asia, and at widely disseminating project perspectives and results in the European and Southeast Asian ICT communities. The SEACOOP activities build upon the achievements reached by the BASIC, ENGAGE, and GAPFILL FP6 SSAs, and will develop synergies with other programmes and initiatives similarly addressing EU-Southeast Asia cooperation on ICT. Project outputs will include: - The identification of, and support to 10 to 15 key opportunities of strategic cooperation, transformed, before the end of the project (18 months), into major cooperation initiatives between the two regions, - The organisation of a cooperation event in Europe and of awareness workshops in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos (or Brunei), - The development of a web-based portal devoted to EU-Southeast Asia cooperation on ICT, part of an extensive set of promotion and dissemination activities. The SEACOOP project is coordinated by Orionis, who has successfully coordinated the GAPFILL SSA. The partnership includes, on the Southeast Asian side, the national Agencies managing ICT research in the 7 most advanced countries, which, added to the fact that ASEAN has brought its support to the project, will ensure the largest participation of the Southeast Asian ICT community in project activities, and will provide a suited environment for the development of EU-Southeast Asia policy dialogues. The SEACOOP project is formally supported, on the European side, by leading organisations, including the main ETPs, which will ensure the highest involvement of, and the highest project impact on, the European ICT community.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CPCSA | Phase: INFRA-2010-1.2.1 | Award Amount: 70.14M | Year: 2010

Scientific research is no longer conducted within national boundaries and is becoming increasing dependent on the large-scale analysis of data, generated from instruments or computer simulations housed in trans-national facilities, by using e Infrastructure (distributed computing and storage resources linked by high-performance networks).\nThe 48 month EGI-InSPIRE project will continue the transition to a sustainable pan-European e-Infrastructure started in EGEE-III. It will sustain support for Grids of high-performance and high-throughput computing resources, while seeking to integrate new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs), i.e. Clouds, SuperComputing, Desktop Grids, etc., as they are required by the European user community. It will establish a central coordinating organisation, EGI.eu, and support the staff throughout Europe necessary to integrate and interoperate individual national grid infrastructures. EGI.eu will provide a coordinating hub for European DCIs, working to bring existing technologies into a single integrated persistent production infrastructure for researchers within the European Research Area.\nEGI-InSPIRE will collect requirements and provide user-support for the current and new (e.g. ESFRI) users. Support will also be given for the current heavy users as they move their critical services and tools from a central support model to ones driven by their own individual communities. The project will define, verify and integrate within the Unified Middleware Distribution, the middleware from external providers needed to access the e-Infrastructure. The operational tools will be extended by the project to support a national operational deployment model, include new DCI technologies in the production infrastructure and the associated accounting information to help define EGIs future revenue model.


Singh R.S.,Punjabi University | Saini G.K.,Punjabi University | Kennedy J.F.,Advanced Science and Technology Institute
Carbohydrate Polymers | Year: 2011

Pullulanase covalently immobilized on Duolite XAD761 has been used for developing a continuous flow reactor for the hydrolysis of pullulan. Packed bed reactor containing 34.10 U of immobilized biocatalyst with feeding of pullulan solution (0.44%, w/v) at a flow rate of 5 mL h-1 supported maximum pullulan hydrolysis at 60 °C. The reactor was run continuously for 32 days and immobilized biocatalyst lost half of its original activity after 31 days of continuous operation at 60 °C. The volumetric productivity and yield of reducing sugars were 3.38 ± 0.02 g L-1 h-1 and 4.40 ± 0.01 mg mL-1, respectively during the beginning of the hydrolysis. The developed immobilized biocatalyst has shown good operational and mechanical stability and can be successfully used for the hydrolysis of pullulan in a continuous system. Literature survey reveals no report on continuous hydrolysis of pullulan using whole cells or immobilized enzyme. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Singh R.S.,Punjabi University | Saini G.K.,Punjabi University | Kennedy J.F.,Advanced Science and Technology Institute
Carbohydrate Polymers | Year: 2010

Pullulan production was carried out at shake-flask level and purified with isopropanol precipitation using single-step purification strategy. Purified pullulan obtained was used for preparing maltotriose syrup using pullulanase. Pullulanase was subjected to kinetic and thermodynamic characterization before its use for pullulan hydrolysis. Pullulanase exhibited considerable activity between pH 5 and 6, with an optimum pH of 5.0. It remained stable (100%) for 6 h at optimum temperature of 50 °C. Mn2+ and Ca2+ showed 1.8 and 2.1 times increase in pullulanase activity. Pullulanase effectively hydrolyzed pullulan, soluble starch and dextran. Decimal reduction time (D value) was 76.77 h at 50 °C and Z value was 12.5 °C for pullulanase. Thermodynamic parameters (ΔH*, ΔG*, ΔS*) for irreversible inactivation of free pullulanase at different temperatures (50-70 °C) were also determined. In a batch system, pullulanase hydrolyzed 94.25 ± 1.83% of purified pullulan and the resultant syrup contained 3.77 ± 0.07 mg/mL of maltotriose. Thus far, there is no report on thermodynamics of irreversible inactivation of pullulanase for the hydrolysis of pullulan. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Singh R.S.,Punjabi University | Saini G.K.,Punjabi University | Kennedy J.F.,Advanced Science and Technology Institute
Carbohydrate Polymers | Year: 2010

Pullulanase showed significant improvement in thermal stability after covalent immobilization on Duolite XAD761. Optimum temperature of immobilized enzyme was 60 °C, which was 10 °C higher than the free enzyme. Apparent Km values for pullulan, soluble starch and dextran were 4.4, 20 and 50 mg mL-1, respectively. Mn2+ and Ca2+ showed 2.0- and 2.2-fold increase in enzyme activity. Activation energy (Ea) of immobilized biocatalyst was 22.38 kJ mol-1. Thermodynamic parameters (ΔH*, ΔG*, ΔS*) for irreversible inactivation of immobilized pullulanase at different temperatures (60-70 °C) were also determined. D-value was maximum (95.95 h) at 60 °C and temperature quotient (Q10) was 1.29. Immobilized biocatalyst was effectively used for pullulan hydrolysis in a batch system. Stationary phase in hydrolysis (95.70 ± 1.36%) was reached after 300 min at 125 rpm. Pullulan hydrolysis yielded 4.21 ± 0.06% reducing sugars under optimal conditions. Immobilized biocatalyst was successfully recycled for 33 batches, but the enzyme activity was reduced to half after 25th cycle. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Salim C.J.,Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology | Liu H.,Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology | Kennedy J.F.,Advanced Science and Technology Institute
Carbohydrate Polymers | Year: 2010

The adsorption behavior of phthalate esters (PAEs) and their degraded products such as phthalate monoesters (MPEs) and phthalic acid (PA) in aqueous solution on chitosan beads was studied. The results of kinetic experiments showed that dibutyl phthalate (DBP) was adsorbed more than di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and dimethyl phthalate (DMP). MPEs exhibited less adsorption than PAEs. Monobutyl phthalate (MBP) had higher adsorption capacity than monomethyl phthalate (MMP) and monoethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). PA showed the highest adsorption capacity compared to MPEs and PAEs. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) was used to characterise the interaction between chitosan and PAEs, MPEs, and PA molecules. Results showed that chitosan adsorbed PAEs mainly due to hydrophobic interactions, and interacted with PA mainly due to interactions between polar active groups. For the monoesters, especially MMP and MEHP, lower hydrophobicity than PAEs and higher hydrophilicity than PA made them less adsorbable. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


European and Southeast Asian ICT R&D collaboration has a successful and long history, but opportunities exist to create more synergies, leverage and value added. In order to secure higher and sustainable impacts, we propose to implement an intensified targeted support at the appropriate scale, involving EU and SEA Research, Development and Innovation knowledge networks, clusters and their organisations: a structured bottom up - top down approach helping to create synergies between research and innovation programmes in the EU and the SEA region and create sustainable strategic partnerships. The action will pave the way for jointly addressing important societal challenges and core technologies, at the research, innovation and policy levels under HORIZON2020 and relevant SEA regional and national programmes.\nWithin this context, and building on the results and lessons learnt from the previous collaborative actions, the project has a three-fold objective: (1) To support internationalisation of European and SEA ICT-related research, development and innovation knowledge networks, technology platforms, clusters, organisations in the topics of common interest, in order to foster ICT RDI collaboration; (2) To promote Horizon 2020 and to reinforce synergies between the EU and ASEAN research development and innovation programmes; (3) To enrich and support EU-SEA ICT R&D policy dialogue, by supporting policy initiatives, summarising feedback from collaborative experience and proposing recommendations to reinforce EU-SEA ICT RDI collaboration.\nSpecialists from EU and SEA knowledge networks - ETPs, Networks of Excellence, clusters, projects, organisations - will be invited to participate in the internationalisation process with their counterparts working on similar strategic topics and societal challenges. The CONNECT2SEA fund distributed via a call for participants will support the establishment of new collaborations. The project will contribute to promotion of Horizon2020 and collaboration opportunities. Pilot actions will be implemented, to support policy initatives. The feedback will contribute to policy recommendations.

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